Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was chock full of Easter Eggs from all corners of the Star Wars Galaxy, including everything from appearances by Ponda Baba and Dr. Evazan, to the Ghost and Chopper from Star Wars Rebels. But not all them can be see, and there's quite a few interesting details you can catch if you listen closely.
/Film's Peter Sciretta recently sat down with Rogue One's supervising sound editors Matthew Wood and Christopher Scarabosio to discuss a number of audio Easter Eggs that are hidden in Rogue One. Wood specifically had some fascinating insight into some sound gems that you may or may not have noticed.
First off, Matthew Wood, who is well know for previously voicing many characters such as General Grievous, Ello Asty, and numerous Battle Droids, discusses the characters he voiced in Rogue One:
"In Rogue One I played the voice of the character Pao. I also did some Stormtrooper voices. And I also was the voice of anything Deathtrooper related. All the weird sort of encrypted dialect that’s coming out of the Deathtrooper’s voices to make that scary sound, that was my voice."
And he also breaks down a few of the substantial references to Star Wars Rebels:
"I had [Pao] say “Karabast” right before the AT-AT’s attack. He says, “Karabast.” And then he goes “AT-AT.” And I wanted to have a Rebels-era slang in there. And then we had David Collins do a P.A. announcement where he’s referring to General Syndulla. And then we have Chopper in one scene. And we also see the Ghost as well. So we tried to put as many connections in there as we could."
Wood also described the process of bringing in voice over artists to record additional dialogue for the film:
"One of the things I like to do on the Star Wars films is I hire a really great group of background voice actors and additional voice actors to do like Stormtroopers and creatures and people in the markets and that kind of thing. And I went across the genre just like I did on Force Awakens and I used my main cast. I have Sam Witwer who plays Darth Maul in both The Clone Wars and Rebels do some Stormtrooper voices along with David Collins, who’s another Star Wars alumni from the video games. And I had them do a lot of the Stormtrooper voices. And then and I even went back as far as the original trilogy, I got the voice of the gentleman who played Wedge, David Ankrum, to voice a little cameo on Yavin 4 to have all their ships head out to go to the battle on Scarif."
David Ankrum, whom Wood refers to, is the voice actor who dubbed over Denis Lawson's performance as Wedge Antilles in A New Hope. In Rogue One his line is; "Attention all flight personnel; Please report to your commanders immediately... We have been redirected to Scarif..." So, in a way, Wedge can be heard but not seen in Rogue one.
You can read the full interview over at /Film!
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